Welcome to my classroom, the Reading Nook.
I'm a reading teacher at an elementary school.
The walls of my classroom are covered in quilts.
Here's my latest one - my Easy Envelope Quilt.
Our wonderful custodian just hung it for me.
I found the directions on this video from Alex Anderson.
Inside each envelope is the title of a poem.
Today, I introduced my students to this new quilt. First, each student received their own notebook containing 24 poems. The name of each of the poems is written on an index card inside an envelope of my quilt.
A student reached in an envelope, drew out the card, and read the title of the poem. Then the students found the poem in their notebooks. (The poems are in alphabetical order.) I first read the poem to them, and then we all read the poem together. Each student got a chance to pick a card out of an envelope. (It was interesting that they wanted to advise each student on which card to draw, even though they ALL got a turn. "Choose the one in Denver Bronco colors!" "No, no! Choose the pink and purple one!")
Until I Saw the Sea
Until I saw the sea
I did not know
could wrinkle water so
I never knew
Could splinter a whole sea of blue.
did I know before,
a sea breathes in and out
upon a shore.
White sheep, white sheep
On a blue hill,
When the wind stops
You all stand still.
When the wind blows
You walk away slow.
White sheep, white sheep,
Where do you go?
Christina G. Rossetti
I have small groups of three or four students that I meet with for a half hour each day. Repeated readings build their fluency. Poetry is good for that. But more importantly, I want my students to love poetry. I think my new Envelope Quilt will help that!
(I got the best gift a reading teacher could get today. Two students asked if they could take the book home and do some EXTRA READING! I don't give homework on the week-end, but they couldn't wait until Monday to find out what was going to happen. Coming from students who struggle with reading, I can't tell you how happy this made me!)
What is your favorite poem from your childhood? Inquiring minds want to know! Please answer in the comments section below.
You might also enjoy reading my post about Poem In Your Pocket Day.